- Completed Buffalo State's West Side Emerging Leader's Program, a rigorous curriculum combining classroom training with hands-on field experiences in asset mapping, organizing, coalition building, media and communications, navigating systems, and housing law.
- Assisted in the logistics of the Emerging Leaders Program for 25 students including recruitment, creating publicity brochures, pairing mentors with mentees, and supervising the various workshops
- Interviewed 20 of Buffalo's Community Health Workers and learned about asset-based community development. Wrote profiles then to help publicize the important work being done by this network.
“This week was the commencement of the Emerging Leaders Program, what my summer at Buffalo State Center of Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) has been leading up to. As Holly, my supervisor, has been over and over telling me what a pearl this program is, how my life will undoubtedly be changed, and how I might even shed a tear over the two-week experience, I couldn’t help but have high hopes. I was not disappointed!”
--From Katy’s Reflection Journal
“It was my pleasure to work with such a mature young lady with such a strong desire to make a difference in the world and improve the lives of others. I can’t wait to see her impact on the world.”
--Holly Quicksey, Ph.D, Director of Educational Pipeline Initiatives